All you need to know about Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). What is HCQ? How it helps in CoronaVirus? Why HCQ is so much in demand?


HCQ is a type of medicine similar to CQ. The CQ, ChloroQuine is used in the treatment of some types of malaria, resistant strains and some time for amebiasis. HydroxyChloroQuine (HCQ) is also used in other treatments like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda. It is also being studied as it helps in the treatment of the Corona Virus. HCQ took orally, in the form of tablets. World Health Organization (WHO) listed this medicine in the list of essential medicines.

What is HydroxyChloroQuine?

HydroxyChloroQuine is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). This drug is used for treatment of malaria but nowadays, in Corona Virus it’s high in demands. HydrxoyChloroQuine is a prescription drug. Its a generic drug and available as a brand name Plaquenil. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand name.


Why it’s USED?

Hydroxychloroquine is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).  If you have Lupus, it may also improve the rash. By using it for Long-Term, it can help to reduce pain, joint stiffness, and swelling. 

How to use it?

HydroxyChloroQuine is only available in oral tablets but should be taken under the proper prescription of Doctors. It can’t be taken alone but should be taken in Combination with digoxin or methotrexate. It regulates thu activity of the immune system, which may be overactive in some conditions in lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

How long does it take to work?

HydroxyChloroQuine is a drug used for curing different types of problems. It doesn’t work immediately. It usually takes 12 weeks or more before you noticed any improvement. When it starts working, then your doctors reduce the amount of daily dosage and maybe when you seem to be fine, it may reduce to 2-3 times per week.

Side Effects and Common Problems.

Side effects aren’t so common. Here are some side effects by Hydroxychloroquine :

  • Nausea or indigestion.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Headaches.
  • Mild Hair loss.
  • Dizziness.
  • Stomach Cramps.
  • Vomiting

Some peoples may face a small risk in visual problems, it can damage a part inside of  the eyes called the retina. Monitoring of the eyes may be arranged at a hospital when anyone starts the drug. Ask your doctor, for proper guidance of dosage according to your weight and do proper monitoring of your eyes, if you feel something strange.


Some Serious Side effects:

If you feel one of the below symptoms, call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Blurred Vision.
  • Facing issues with heart rhythm.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
  • Sore throat.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Unusual Bleeding.
  • Abnormal mood Changes.

How it help to defeat Corona Virus?

HydroxyChloroQ}ine is a strong drug and only taken with the prescription by doctors. It helps to get a better immune system and ready to fight with the virus. Hydroxychloroquine may stop the immune system from going overboard in its attack on the virus. Patients suffering from Corona Virus lead to a very bad health condition and apparently to death, because their immune system can’t handle the virus and kept defeating it even after it disappears. This drug helps to calm the immune system.

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